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EFSA report concludes fipronil poses risk to bees

5:39 AM MDT | May 28, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for corn, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) concludes in a report requested by the European Commission. EFSA was asked to perform a risk assessment of fipronil, in particular on the acute and chronic effects on bee-colony survival and development, and the effects of sub-lethal doses on bee mortality and behavior. EFSA's pesticide risk-assessment experts examined the potential risk of fipronil to bees through a number of exposure routes. "A high...

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